Friday, February 09, 2007

When were "untouchables" first allowed to enter Hindu temples?

A little bit of research reveals that it was on 17 July 1928, under the inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi and at the initiative of an Indian businessman, Jamnalal Bajaj, that Acharya Vinoba Bhave led a group of "untouchables" (also called "Harijans" by Mahatma Gandhi, and "Dalits" by themselves) - some 21 years after the temple was instituted.

However, I cannot find out how many of the temples in India now allow actually allow Dalits ("untouchables") entry. Any help appreciated. Sphere: Related Content

1 comment:

Nidhi Rao said...

They still aren't, actually. I've asked people loads of times how they actually establish who's "backward" and who isn't considering there are people out there who were backward/tribal and are now multi-millionares, they still enter (perhaps because they're happy patronising the temple)it's all a big fat mess really, I'm happy being secular. btw, was that sarcasm the last line ? heh.